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The Bourbon Road is two Veterans sharing pours and good stories with interesting guests. Each week we sip on bourbon while talking with celebrities, musicians, chefs, authors, industry experts and everyone in between. If bourbon makes it better... or even the other way around, then we want to talk about it.
 
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This week we welcome on Susan and Traci from Barrel Proof Bourbon Barrel Bark. They take a little time out of their busy schedules to show Mike and I how to Smoke Your Bourbon. We love our bourbon and also our smokers, so this was a match made in heaven. We also introduce the girls toa couple of bourbons. Find out more about Barrel Proof at: https:…
 
On this "Craft Distillery Monday", Jim and Mike try the new Russell's Reserve 13 year Bourbon. This bottle has been out a little under 2 months and has grabbed a great deal of fanfare. Some call ti the 2021 Bourbon of the Year. We will hold our judgment till we taste if for ourselves. Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook…
 
Jim, Mike join a couple of Roadies to sip on Eagle Rare and Russell's 10 Year while discussing the recent TV series on Netflix called Heist. In this series (Ep. 5 & 6 Bourbon King) explores the details behind the 2013 theft of Pappy Van Winkle. Listen in to this great conversation. Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook.co…
 
Mike returns from his Oregon fishing trip and wouldn't you know he has a wheated whiskey in hand. So today on Craft Distillery Monday, we review McMenamins Billy Wheated Whiskey. Pay no mind to the goat on the label even though Mike thinks it is funny! Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2612790862081576 Than…
 
Mike travels west and discovers some great single malt American whiskies at Westward Whiskey in Portland Oregon. Be sure to listen in as we take a side road and discover some great whiskies of the American Northwest. Find out more about Westward Whiskey at: https://westwardwhiskey.com/ Thanks to our great sponsor for their support in producing this…
 
We look hard at the new small batch bourbon from Kirkland. Kirkland is Costco's store brand and currently they are filling their bottles with bourbon from the Barton 1792 Distillery. Listen in as we analyze this bourbon and give you the hard facts. Spoiler alert... it's $18 per liter. Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook…
 
Jim and Mike review both Wild Turkey 101 and Weller Special Reserve in this retrospective episode looking back at the last 2-1/2 years of The Bourbon Road Podcast. Listen in as they review these bourbons and talk about lessons learned and goals achieved. Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2612790862081576 Th…
 
Mike brings another "wheater" for a review. David Nicholson 1843 hails from Luxco in Bardstown Kentucky and is a true wheated bourbon with a long history. Actually beginning in 1843 in St. Louis, then being acquired by WL Weller and Pappy Van Winkle then ultimately by Luxco. At $25 you can't beat it. Find out more about David Nicholson at: https://…
 
The week we lay out all the ground rules for this years bourbon blending challenge. Make sure to listen in as we sip on a couple of our own blends while talking about this years challenge. Be sure to listen in and read our July 6th blog to get all the details on how you can enter. Find out more about The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook.com…
 
Today we review the Old Forester Rye. At 100 proof this rye has earned itself a place in the well at many bars. It's a solid Kentucky Rye with a higher than expected malted barley content. This leads to an interesting flavor profile you won't find in any other rye. At $23 a bottle it is a great bargain! Find out more about Old Forester at: https://…
 
Mike enjoys a sit down with Rob Arnold, Master Distiller of TX Bourbon (of Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company) in Fort Worth Texas. It's an episode with many expressions and some great whiskey science! You definitely want to tune in for this one to learn more about how Texas does whiskey, Find out more about TX Bourbon at https://www.frdist…
 
Today the boys review a "green" standard in Kentucky. Voted Top bourbon under $15 by Fred himself. We will pick this one apart and let you know if it deserves a place in your suitcase during your next visit to Kentucky. You can only get it here so listen in and see what it is all about! Find out more about Heaven Hill at: https://heavenhilldistille…
 
Mike enjoys an evening with a couple of Georgia boys who are doing whiskey right!. Legends distillery of Cumming Georgia is taking the world by storm right now with their patented Quantum Purity technology. Their 115 Wheated Bourbon was a big hit on our CDM episode. They have over 27 awards for their whiskies! Find out more about Legends at https:/…
 
It's a real treat to sit down with this special whiskey today. Three Chord always hits it out of the park, and this time we expect no less. Today we review the Strange Collaboration bourbon finished in Pinot Noir barrels from Strange Family Vineyard. Get ready for some exceptional tasting notes! Find out more about Three Chord at: https://threechor…
 
The best bourbon festivals of 2021. Yes, that is right, and there are a lot of them! After being cooped up for a year are you ready to spread your wings and drink a little bourbon... I know we are! Listen in as we drink a couple of 15 year bourbons and talk about it. Check out our private Facebook group The Bourbon Roadies at https://www.facebook.c…
 
Today we focus on a finished Kentucky straight bourbon with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. The three year bourbon is finished in a Navigator Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels from Precision Wine Co. This is one of the better finished bourbons in this age range we have had a chance to try. Find out more about Navigator at: http…
 
We go over a lot of new bourbons that are hitting the shelves this season. We also talk about the best summer sippers. All this while tasting and reviewing two new releases: Blood Oath Pact 7 and Larceny Barrel Proof. Listen in while we walk though the seasons best. Check out our private Facebook group The Bourbon Roadies at https://www.facebook.co…
 
Mike brings back a bottle from his eastern road trip. A small Virginia distillery doing everything right. Using Virginia grains and working their own malting floor. This wheated bourbon recipe features a peach smoked barley that offers some very unique tasting notes. Make sure you check this one out! Find out more about Copper Fox at: https://www.c…
 
Mike loves hitting the road. This time he travels east and visits Iron Clad Distillery in Virginia. Did you know that Virginia has over 75 distilleries? Definitely check out this episode as Mike tastes through their entire lineup including their new Bottled in Bond and their Coffee Barrel Finished Bourbon. Find out more about Iron Clad at: https://…
 
Mike gets really excited every time we have a wheated bourbon on for review. This time is no exception as we take a look at the Legend Barrel Proof Wheated Bourbon (115 proof) from Legends Distillery/Spirits USA. You are not going to believe how good this bourbon is. Listen in for all the details! Find out more about Legends at: https://www.spirits…
 
What a better way to spend your day than in a mountain cabin with Tim Smith from Discovery Channel's Moonshiners series. Not to mention he is bringing all the good stuff to taste and talk about. You definitely want to hear this one as Mike walks through the full line of products. Check out Tim Smith Spirits at: https://www.timsmithspirits.com/ Than…
 
We love getting an early look at new releases. This week we take an advanced look at the new American Straight Bourbon from Country Smooth. We have always been impressed with the work being done by Founder and CEO Lori Carcich. Lori is the first female Founder/CEO of an American whiskey company. Find out more about Country Smooth at: http://country…
 
On site... first hand.... Jim and Mike view the new Log Still Distillery the day before opening and taste their whiskies. On hand for the interview is Lynn Dant, a descendant of Joseph Washington Dant and head of distilling operations at the distillery. We taste their Monk's Road 5th District Series of products. Check out Log Still at: https://www.…
 
It's a wheated bourbon today and Mike just can't contain himself. We've got the Rebel Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel Bourbon open and we are pouring heavy on this one. Listen in as Mike give some detailed tasting notes and some final recommendations. Find out more about Lux Row at: https://luxrowdistillers.com/ Thanks to our great sponsor for…
 
Wow!!! What a day! Jim and Mike travel through seven different expressions as they taste their way through the full lineup at Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville Kentucky. Bourbons, ryes, gin and two very special bottles fill the lineup in this off-the-hook episode. You definitely do not want to miss this one!…
 
Jim and Mike always enjoy drinking a well crafted whiskey. That is what you can expect any time you see the late Dave Pickerell's name on a bottle. Today we dive into the Double Cask Rye from Hillrock Estate Distillery in Hudson Valley, New York. Join us as we explore the finer points of this 90 proof rye. Find out more about Hillrock at: https://h…
 
It's always a great day when Jim and Mike get to sit down with Jackie Zykan from Old Forester. Today we get a chance to try the new 117 Series: High Angel's Share Bourbon. Jackie pulls out all the stops as she walks is through a tasting and brings us up to date on OF. News Flash: Three new expressions coming this year!! Check out Old Forester at: h…
 
We travel a bit north this week (virtually) to talk with Chris Fredrickson of the Traverse City Whiskey Company. Chris sent us several samples of his "Whiskies of the North". We dive and and explore these Michigan whiskies and give you all the details. You won't want to miss out on this episode! Check out Traverse City Whiskey Company at: https://w…
 
Barton has a recent release of the Thomas S. Moore expression featuring a port wine finish. We dive deep and give you all the wonderful details. Named after the builder of the Barton Distillery and the namesake of the legendary Tom Moore Spring. Be sure to check out our private Facebook group "The Bourbon Roadies" - https://www.facebook.com/groups/…
 
You have seen them on the shelf... the bottom shelf. The question is, should you give them a try? On this episode we check out a couple of big box store branded bourbons to see if they can measure up. You might be surprised! Listen in. Check out our private Facebook group called The Bourbon Roadies at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/26127908620815…
 
The top selling bourbon in the world is Jim Beam white label 80 proof. It is also the only bourbon on the shelf at our resort here in Mexico. So, Mike and I decide to do a review on our next to last day of vacation here in the Riviera Maya Coast of Mexico. We always say if you are a Jim Beam fan... good for you! Find out more about Jim Beam at http…
 
How could we not travel to Mexico and bring two great bottles to share with Roadies at the pool. We record this episode from Riviera Maya, chest deep in the pool, surrounded by fellow Roadies. What a great day and a couple of excellent Buffalo Trace products, Eagle Rare and Weller 107. Find out more about Buffalo Trace at https://www.buffalotracedi…
 
Anything maritime gets Mike and I excited. This Missouri Toasted Oak Cask from Ironclad captured our attention. A four grain bourbon finished in Missouri toasted oak barrels. Ours was a little higher in proof than the advertised 90-100 proof. Definitely listen in as we dive into this Virginia whiskey. Find out more about Ironclad at https://www.iro…
 
Mike and his brother Mitch recount old times telling some pretty revealing stories while sipping on two bourbon whiskies. Today they drink Hochatown Straight Bourbon from Oklahoma and Tahwahkaro Four Grain Bourbon from Texas. Find out more about Tahwahkaro at https://tahwahkaro.com/ Find out more about Hochatown at https://www.hochatowndistilling.c…
 
You all know that Mike and I love some older whiskies. Ten years is a pretty magic number in our books. I also love a good rye. Today we check out the 10 year rye from Basic Hayden. Definitely check this episode out to find out what we think of this expression from our friends at Beam Suntory. Find out more about Basil Hayden at https://www.basilha…
 
Jim and Mike sit down with a couple of Roadies to drink some Old Forester 150th and to share their list of the five bourbons to start your home bar with. Join Jim, Mike, Todd Ritter and Matt Simons for a great show featuring the Old Forester 150th and each of them share their top five bourbons to start your home bar. Find out more about Old Foreste…
 
You all know that Mike loves his Texas bourbon. Today he brings a four grain from Tahwahkaro Distillery in Palestine Texas. This one is a single barrel at cask strength boasting a 128.4 proof rating. Dark, bold and delicious, you will want to get your hands on a bottle of this one. Don't miss out! Find out more about Tahwahkaro at https://tahwahkar…
 
Jim and Mike sit down with a true visionary, combat veteran and entrepreneur Chris Cruise. Chris is the Founder of Cruise Customs Flags and his company employs veterans to make American Flags from Bourbon Barrels. We drink Elijah Craig Toasted and Ezra Brooks 99 on this episode. Find out more about Cruise Customs Flags at https://cruisecustomsflags…
 
If you have listened to the show, you know how much the two of us respect bottled-in-bond bourbons. Today is no exception as we review Old Grand-Dad Bonded from our friends at Beam Suntory. This spicy 100 proofer is all about the cinnamon bears! Pick up a bottle of Old Grand-Dad Bonded almost anywhere for about $25. Thanks to our great sponsor for …
 
Mike is sans Jim this week at Peerless Distilling in Louisville, Kentucky. This time Mike gets to chat with Corky Taylor and Cordell Lawrence while sipping on two great expressions from Peerless. They talk about history, life and good whiskey in the episode recorded near the riverfront in Louisville, Kentucky. Find out more about Peerless at https:…
 
If you have not tried something so out of the box as an absinthe finished rye whiskey... we suggest you do. Peerless Distilling in Louisville Kentucky has a 111 proof Kentucky Rye Whiskey finished in Absinthe Barrels from Copper and Kings Distillery also in Louisville. Mike and I were blown away by this one! Find out more about Peerless at https://…
 
What a day at the Speakeasy Cellar at Evan WIlliams Experience in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. We had the chance to spend the day with Bernie Lubbers, The Whiskey Professor... Mr. Bottled in Bond. Also on the show is Jody Filiatreau, Artisan Distiller at Evan Williams. We have a great time tasting some great whiskey. Find out more about Evan Will…
 
It's Monday here and we are drinking bourbon! Today we have a 4 year old from JK Williams Distilling in Peoria Illinois. Gold Zephyr is a four year old small batch straight bourbon from the heartland of America. Be sure to listen in as we explore this respectable midwest whiskey with ties to Prohibition. Find out more about Gold Zephyr at https://w…
 
It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. This week Jim and mike walk their way through the Master's Collection of Woodford Reserve. Over $600 in bourbon as we work hard to give you the down and dirty on these expressions. Find out more about Woodford Reserve at https://www.woodfordreserve.com/ and Good Times at https://www.facebook.com/Good-Tim…
 
The boys take a zig-zag on the bourbon road and zero in on the buttery goodness of Smooth Ambler's Old Scout 107 American Whiskey. Jim brings the bottle and Mike is taken by surprise as this skillfully crafted blend treats the palate and leaves a welcome finish. Be sure to listen in as the verdict comes down. Find out more about Old Scout at https:…
 
Jim and Mike stay out of the cold and record a long episode with Woodrow and a couple of great bottles. We drink some 15 year bourbon from Cathead Distillery called Old Soul. Also a fantastic honey barrel finished bourbon from Good Times. Find out more about Cathead at https://catheaddistillery.com/ and Good Times at https://www.facebook.com/Good-T…
 
Today we put on our "Big Boy Pants" and try the new Knob Creek 12 Year Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon. We are both big fans of Knob Creek, but we have not had a chance to dip into this one yet. Listen in as we pass judgement on this well known brand. Find out more about Knob Creek at https://www.knobcreek.com/ Thanks to our great sponsor for their …
 
Jim and Mike Hang out at the famous Bourbons Bistro in Louisville Kentucky with Jason Brauner. Jason is also the founder of Buzzard's Roost Sipping Whiskeys. He takes time, share his whiskey and guides us on a journey through the process of his double barreled liquid magic. Don't miss this one! Find out more about Buzzard's Roost. at https://www.bu…
 
Today we take another look at a Georgia Distillery that is putting out some pretty good product. We had their rye in episode 119 so we had to get their bourbon on as soon as possible. Listen in to find out how we like this 4 year old, 70% corn, 21% rye, & 9% malted barley bourbon from Thirteenth Colony. Find out more about Thirteenth Colony at http…
 
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